What is special about Norfolk during the Christmas holidays? Where to begin?! We have so many things to enjoy for everyone that will make the festive period memorable, fun and scrumptious.
Our locally produced food and drinks are excellent and of high quality, so dive into those handmade cakes, tender meats, freshly caught fish and mussels, and award-winning cheeses and wines. Then it’s time for a refreshing walk and our beaches are among the best in the country. Norfolk boasts nearly 100 miles of coastline with stunning white beaches where you can stroll (or run!) for miles – sometimes without a soul in sight – and totally re-energise.
A magical outing is seeing the seals with their new born pups on our shores. Already more than 2,500 pups have been born in Norfolk this season! Also farm life is close to our hearts and connecting with creatures great and small is a wonderful activity. Finally, we top it off with laughter. A great panto is a must!
Now, we haven’t even touched on all the children’s activity parks, walks, art, stunning estates and great woods. Norfolk is a beautiful county and if you can’t do it all now, just plan another trip and another one! Here’s our Top 5 to do this Christmas. Have a fun loving one!
Food glorious food!
Treat yourself and yours to a break over afternoon tea or an extended lunch. And bring home the cheese for Christmas! There are several good delis in Norwich, Holt and Cley (and loads more!). Pssst I've been told that Les Garrigues in Norwich has very fine French cheese and wine.
Christmas Day beach walk
After opening presents and brunch, nothing beats a good walk. At Wells and Holkham you can start off in the woods if it’s windy, warm up and then go for a run and play on the beach.
Discover a new beach this break, your top 5 awaits!
(Top and Wells images by Lesley van Dijk)
Revel in the December joy and see the wonder of new life. You can do this independently during the holidays and park near any of the North Norfolk beaches such as Blakeney and Horsey or if you want to make a trip of it Beans Boats is organising several this month (December 2017 - click here for Beans Boats website).
Read more about which beaches to visit to see seals and their pups.
(Photo from the National Trust by Ian Ward)
Church Farm in Stow Bardolph has a great variety of animals, indoor tree house, tractor rides, animal trails and crafts. You’ll love Manx Loaghtons with their enormous long horns, cute Golden Guernsey goats and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs!
Until Sat 31 Dec, from 10am to 5pm (not on 24, 25 & 26 Dec)
Little Red Riding Hood
Three brilliant actors/ musicians perform Little Red Riding Hood in Norwich-based The Garage. It’s funny, original, utterly enjoyable, and well-suited for younger children.
Until Fri 29 December, 10.15am and 1.15pm
(Little Red Riding Hood photo by Teele Photography)